BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle U baseball could not figure out California Baptist starting pitcher Logan Rinehart Friday afternoon at Bannerwood Park, falling 4-2 in game one of the three-game Western Athletic Conference series.
The Redhawks (6-22, 2-5 WAC) finished the day with just four hits as Rinehart improved to 3-0 on the year. The Lancers are now 19-10 overall, 4-3 in WAC play.
"Rinehart did a really nice job with 79 pitches through seven innings and we didn't grind out enough pitches per at bat to have a chance to see what's in the middle of their bullpen," said Head Coach Donny Harrel. "They got on Jake, took a lot of swings and found enough contact to get hits. Both Jake and Alex pitched well enough to keep us in the game, but we've just got to figure out a way to score more runs."
CBU jumped on Jake Prizina (4-2) early as Jeff Bruyntjens led off the game with a single into centerfield, advanced to second on a fielding error by third baseman Julian Kodama on a sacrifice bunt attempt, then scored on Luke Navigato's single into left field.
Prizina would quickly dispatch of the Lancers after that, tallying a three-pitch strikeout and a groundout to first, along with help of a runner caught trying to steal third.
The Redhawks rallied to take the lead in the third with a pair of runs on three hits and a throwing error by first baseman John Glenn. Kodama and Kyler Murphy started off the inning with back-to-back singles and Gavin Rork reached on a fielder's choice to second base that allowed Kodama to score from third.
The error by Glenn allowed Rork to score the go ahead run.
Prizina would get Glenn to ground out on a comebacker to open the fourth, but the next batter, designated hitter Ryan Mota, would tie the score with his 10th home run of the season - the first homer Prizina had allowed all season. The Lancers would add one more run in the inning on a pair of singles, taking the 4-2 lead.
The Redhawks would go three-up, three-down in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and would leave Chase Wells stranded at third in the seventh. They would get two on base in the eighth, and again get Wells all the way around to third in the ninth, but CBU closer Matt Moggollon would work out of the jam in each occasion to preserve the win.
The WAC series continues Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch. For the most up-to-date information on game day, be sure to follow the Redhawks on Twitter at @seattleubase.